Water in East Africa

  • Tanzania: Stiegler Is Inevitable

    TANZANIA, 2017/07/12 TANZANIA has officially notified the UN cultural agency that execution of Stiegler's Gorge hydroelectric project is inevitable. The project at the Selous Game Reserve has triggered heated debate, with ecologists opposing it on grounds that its implementation could damage the World Heritage. But, during the conference of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in Poland last week, the government delegation gave the country's firm position to execute the project. The Permanent Secretary in the Natural Resources and Tourism Ministry, Major General Gaudence Milanzi, led the government team that as well included Tanzania's Ambassador to France Samwel Shelukindo who doubles as the permanent delegate to UNESCO.
  • Mozambique: Water Restrictions in Maputo Lifted

    MAPUTO CITY, 2017/07/07 The restrictions on the supply of water to the Better Maputo Metropolitan Area, imposed in January, have been lifted. Speaking to a session of the Maputo City government on Tuesday, Jose Barata, the technical director of the Maputo Regional Water Company (AdM), said that enough rain had fallen before in the year to allow AdeM to resume normal supplies of water.
  • For Africa to end chronic hunger, governments must invest in sustainable water supplies, writes Esther Ngumbi.

    AFRICA, 2017/04/30 The fields are bare under the scorching sun and temperatures rise with each passing week. Any crops the extreme temperatures haven’t destroyed, the insect pests have, and for a lot of farmers, there is nothing they can do. Presently, news about hunger across Africa makes mass media headlines daily. Globally, hunger levels are at their highest. In fact, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, over 70 million people across 45 nations will require food emergency assistance in 2017, with Africa being home to three of the four nations deemed to face a critical risk of famine: Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan and Yemen. African governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and humanitarian relief agencies, inclunding the United Nations World Food Programme, continue to launch short-term solutions such as food relief supplies to avert the situation. Kenya, for example, is handing cash transfers and food relief to its affected citizens. The UN World Food Programme is as well distributing food to drought-stricken Somalia. And in Zambia, the government is employing each tool inclunding its military to combat insect pest infestation. But why are we here? What happened? Why is there such a large drought?
  • Rwanda: Japanese Grant to Boost Access to Clean Water in Rural Areas

    JAPAN, 2017/03/12 Japanese government has given a grant amounting to $147, 075 (approx. Rwf121 million) to two local organisations that will supply water in the districts of Muhanga and Bugesera. The two projects will increase access to clean water in areas where residents had for long experienced water shortages. The recipients are Movement for the Fight against Hunger in the World (MFLM) and Rwanda Environment Conservation Organisation (RECOR). A portion of the grant, $72,925, will be used by MFLM to construct 20 water points, a filtration system, water tank, equilibrium chamber and 11-km-long water pipes in Shyogwe sector in Muhanga district.
  • Mozambique: Severe Water Restrictions for Maputo

    MAPUTO CITY, 2017/01/13 The Maputo Regional Water Company (AdeM) has announced drastic restrictions in the water supply to the Better Maputo Metropolitan Sector(Maputo and Matola cities, and Boane district) as from Tuesday. There is simply not enough water in the Umbeluzi river and the reservoir at the Pequenos Libombos dam to continue normal supplies to Maputo. AdeM has therefore announced that water will only be pumped to Maputo, Matola and Boane on alternate days. “Top priority” will be given to water for human consumption, said the AdeM statement. The company promised to indicate specific points where building companies can send tanker trucks to pick up water for construction purposes.
  • Djibouti renewable water security

    DJIBOUTI CITY, 2015/12/26 Plans are taking shape to improve the provision of basic utilities in Djibouti, with renewables set to play a leading role. A major investment drive, which includes construction of a 45,000-cu-metre desalination and renewable energy plant in the capital city of Djibouti, forms part of the government’s bid to foster better self-sufficiency in terms of basic resources like power and water. Desalination solution The new desalination plant, referred to as the Project for Producing Safe Drinking Water with Renewable Energy (Production d’Eau Potable par Dessalement et Energie Renouvelable, PEPER), will cost around €46m, according to the National Office for Water and Sanitation of Djibouti (Office National de l’Eau et de l’Assainissement de Djibouti, ONEAD).
  • 540,000 Malawians,Clean Water By 2018

    MALAWI, 2015/09/15 Basic Water Needs, a Dutch manufacturer and marketer of household water treatment and safe storage products, has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA), a world initiative supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other international organizations that encourages companies to fight poverty through innovative business models. As part of its commitment, Basic Water Needs plans to distribute its low-cost Tulip Table Top water filters to additional than 540,000 Malawians by 2018, making safe and clean drinking water additional available, easily accessible, and affordable. It's new assembly plant in Blantyre, Malawi's second major city, will provide full-time employment to ten women, and plans to train additional than 100 women entrepreneurs to sell Basic Water Needs products through their own shops and local networks. Basic Water Needs projects that the initiative will reduce CO2 emissions by additional than 150,000 tons.
  • Zambia Doesn't Hold 60% of Southern Africa's Freshwater, but 4.5%

    ZAMBIA, 2015/08/08 The claim that Zambia has 60% of the Southern African Development Community's freshwater is completely false. If Zambia has 60% of the freshwater in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), why does it import fish from China? Investment consultant, Fisho Mwale, reportedly referred to this at the same time as he made a presentation at a national enterprise conference in Lusaka last week. The claim that the landlocked country is home to 60% of the community's water has appeared before in a 2012 tweet, a press release by the Southern Africa Zambia chamber of commerce and an investment policy review by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Improvment(OECD). It is as well on the schedule for a conference about commercial farming in Africa to be held in October.
  • Malawi declared a state of disaster over persistent flooding.

    MALAWI, 2015/03/02 Aid agencies raced on Monday to reach tens of thousands of people displaced by catastrophic floods across southern Africa, as additional heavy rain was estimate in the coming days. Additional than 200 people have died in Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar in one of the worst disasters to hit the region in years. Rivers have burst their banks, flooding vast areas and destroying homes, bridges and crops. "Next surveying the flooded districts from the air, we know that the scale of flooding is immense, and with the rains still falling, the water is unlikely to recede quickly," UNICEF's representative in Malawi, Mahimbo Mdoe, said in a statement.
  • Rwanda: Water Agency to Enforce Accountability Measures

    RWANDA, 2014/11/06 The Waterand Sanitation Corporation Ltd (Wasac) has developed a billing system that will be integrated with the management data system in use. The new measure, officials hope, will help curb financial and administrative shortcomings and ensure accountability at the utility regulator. Wasac chief executive James Sano said the development will help avoid shortcomings and cases of mismanagement that were highlighted in the 2012/13 Auditor-General's statement that faulted the defunct Energy Sanitation and Water Authority (EWSA) for various financial impropriety issues. Sano was speaking at a media conference in Kigali yesterday.